The Top 10 Most Unique and Odd Caterpillars

My choices for the top 10 most unique caterpillars in appearance.

I will be posting in a few weeks a series of pictures and information about the Monarch butterfly.  Every year the kids each find one Monarch caterpillar and we watch them grow from a tiny baby to a large caterpillar.  They then get to see them make a pupa, emerge and finally we set them free.  I was sitting here thinking one day of how I’ve really only seen about four kinds of caterpillars and I was curious to see just how many more there were.  I sorted through hundreds of pictures and came up with the top 10  most unique looking ones I could find.  Hope you enjoy!

Pipevine Swallowtail

Found in New England to Florida. From southern Ontario to Nebraska, Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon and New Mexico

White Marked Tussock

Found in North America as far west as Texas, Colorado and Alberta.

White Furcula

Found in Europe.

Giant Swallowtail

Found in N. America, particularly south and east.

Tersa Sphinx

Found in the US through Central America and into some of South America.

Spicebush Silk Moth

Found in eastern US to the Great Plains and Maine through southern Quebec and Wisconsin to Minnesota, south to the Florida panhandle, Gulf Coast and east Texas.

Saddle Back

Found in eastern North America.

Hag or Monkey

Found in Northern and Southern US.


Found in North America, New Zealand and Australia (called Wanderer in Australia)

Faithful Beauty

(all photos found on Wikipedia)

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16 Responses to “The Top 10 Most Unique and Odd Caterpillars”
  1. ken bultman Says...

    On June 21, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Great post, as usual. The diversity of your interests amazes me.

  2. Kate Smedley Says...

    On June 21, 2009 at 6:23 am

    My dad is an entymologist and has collected moths for years, he’s also kept caterpillars too! I thoroughly enjoyed this article Sheila, great pictures too, there are so many different caterpillars, some of them quite pretty.

  3. Stacey T Pollock Says...

    On June 21, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Wow caterpillars are certainly intriguing creatures. Very unusual to look at. Great photos!

  4. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On June 21, 2009 at 6:47 am

    These are really odd! I never see these caterpillars before. Great post and liked it!

  5. Lostash Says...

    On June 21, 2009 at 7:14 am

    The Saddle Back is my favourite from this list! Great article, and it just shows the diversity of nature!

  6. papaleng Says...

    On June 21, 2009 at 10:43 am

    you have come out with an outstanding article. I like it a lot!

  7. Goodselfme Says...

    On June 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I think you chose the best top 10 alright. TX

  8. Liane Schmidt Says...

    On June 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa……….. thanks for sharing!



    -Liane Schmidt.

  9. Will Gray Says...

    On June 21, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Great article! I loved it!

  10. serowa Says...

    On June 21, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Caterpillars freak me out. Some of them look like snails. Great job!

  11. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On June 21, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I usually don’t mind little crawly things but I don’t like these little creatures too close to me.

  12. Peter Cimino Says...

    On June 24, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Now how cool is that. Another job well done.

  13. CutestPrincess Says...

    On July 7, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Nice article. It is very informative, and the picture is a plus to your piece.

  14. Angie Says...

    On August 12, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    It would be appropriate to put photo credits on the images, unless you took all of the photos yourself.

  15. Dr.P.Elayaraja Says...

    On October 31, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Good Collection indeed….

    Keep it up

  16. Maddym Says...

    On April 25, 2010 at 1:13 am

    i saw the weirdest catipiller when i was at kindergarden recess. we had this tree that always was FULL of catipillers. idk if i were having an illusion or whta, but in was ornge,white,and red. it look really weird. it had an odd body pattern. it was like circle squre circle square. it had horns and stuff too. it was creepy lookin. but i could ov just been emageing it. i know i spelled emegening wrong. im only 11 OK!!

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